A New Perspective in Medical Education— Dr. Mark Schuster, MD. Ph.D.

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A physician, scientist, educator, and advocate for healthy families and communities, Dr. Mark Schuster is an international leader on quality of care, health disparities, and prevention. Author of two books and more than 200 journal articles, Dr. Schuster was appointed founding Dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in 2017. The school is set to open its doors to an inaugural class of aspiring clinicians this year. 


As talk of graduate medical education reform continues to reverberate in the healthcare community, Kaiser Permanente is betting on a more integrated approach that brings students into a large health system at the very beginning of their training, with an emphasis on primary care, prevention, and innovation. 


Key takeaways:

[:30] Dr. Mark Schuster career briefing.

[1:37] Why is Dr. Schuster a “man to watch”?

[2:14] Uniqueness about Kaiser Permanente.

[4:10] A school focused on medical education with the most effective approach

[5:29] What is wrong with the current medical education?

[6:38] What does Dr. Schuster wish he had learned in his medical training?

[8:54] Changes Kaiser Permanente is implementing in the ways students are learning.

[9:29] Integrating foundational science, clinical science, and health system science.

[11:52] Spiral approach.

[12:13] No cadaver labs.

[14:03] Does being in direct contact with a body provide a level of humanism?

[14:16] Medical students in the first year will be with physicians and the medical team, seeing patients in a primary care setting.

[17:05] Tackling social determinants of health in medical education.

[20::30] The power of each individual physician as a local advocate

[22:53] Role of physicians in gun violence.

[24:20] Burnout, training for doctors to keep their own self-care.

[25:48] Students connected to faculty.

[26:19] Regular consultations of students with a psychologist

[27:15] Academic support.

[27:50] Encouraging students to take breaks

[28:12] REACH weeks.

[29:50] Are we going soft?

[33:07] Being a dean of a medical school.

[34:44] Rapid fire questions


Mentioned in this Episode:

Relational Rounds at Primary Care Progress

Primary Care Progress on Twitter

Elizabeth Metraux on Twitter

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine

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